Telekon

Telekon
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Studio album by Gary Numan
Released 5 September 1980
Recorded Rock City Studios, London 1980
Genre New Wave, Electronic, Synth rock, Synthpop
Length 49:54
Label Beggars Banquet
Producer Gary Numan
Professional reviews
Gary Numan chronology
The Pleasure Principle
(1979)
Telekon
(1980)
Dance
(1981)
Telekon is a 1980 New Wave / electronic album by Gary Numan. It was the final studio release of what Numan retrospectively termed the "Machine" section of his career,[1] following 1979's Replicas and The Pleasure Principle. His third (and to date, last) number 1 album, it debuted at the top of the UK charts in September 1980. In contrast to The Pleasure Principle, with its lack of guitars and its harsh robotic sound, Telekon featured heavy use of guitars and strings along with richer synthesizer textures, Numan broadening his previous synth palette with additional machines such as the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, ARP Pro Soloist and Roland Jupiter-4.

Lyrically, whilst continuing Numan's exploration of a dystopian future in pieces like the title track and "I Dream of Wires", Telekon also took stock of the artist's sudden celebrity and the apparently overwhelming adulation of his fans in songs like "Remind Me to Smile" ("Reconsider 'fame' / I need new reasons / This is detention / It's not fun at all ... Keep your revivals / Keep your conventions / Keep all your fantasies / That's all we are") and "Please Push No More". The album's musical style ranged from upbeat synth rock such as "I'm an Agent" and "The Joy Circuit" to mood pieces like "Sleep by Windows" and "Remember I Was Vapour".

Telekon was preceded by two hit singles, "We Are Glass" and "", though neither of these was included on the album in its initial UK vinyl release (overseas releases such as the US and Australia added "I Die: You Die" in place of "Sleep by Windows"). Early UK pressings came with a limited edition live 45, "Remember I Was Vapour" b/w "On Broadway", and all of these tracks, along with B-sides and the outtake "A Game Called 'Echo'", were subsequently included on various CD reissues. Numan had premiered "Remember I Was Vapour" during the UK leg of 'The Touring Principle' in late 1979, preceding its appearance on Telekon by a year. He also premiered "We Are Glass", "I Die: You Die" and "Remind Me to Smile" during the April 1980 leg.

The only single taken from the album was the somewhat menacing opening number "This Wreckage"; though it failed to chart higher than number 20 and the composer admitted that regardless of its merits as a song it was a "bloody stupid single".[2] Surprisingly - and to his later regret - Numan declined to issue the anthemic "Remind Me to Smile" as a single (although it was released as a promo single in the US).

From late 1980 to early 1981 Numan toured the UK, Europe and America in support of Telekon with guest Nash the Slash and a lavish stage set; Numan's stage costume - a black leather boiler-suit with interlocking red belts - would be an enduring image. An early performance of 'The Teletour' was captured on the album Living Ornaments '80 and in a rendition of "Down in the Park" for the movie Urgh! A Music War (both 1981). The 2005 CD re-issue of Living Ornaments '80 included the original 10-track album and a recently re-discovered soundboard recording of the entire concert. The Teletour concluded in April 1981 with three sold-out nights at Wembley Arena where Numan brought down the curtain on this phase of his career in extravagant style, as recorded in the accompanying video Micromusic (soundtrack released in 1998 as Living Ornaments '81). Although these were billed as Numan's farewell concerts, he would play a series of US club dates the following year and returned to large-scale touring in 1983.

Like all of Numan's commercially popular early records, Telekon received a largely hostile reception from contemporary music critics; nevertheless it proved to be an influential work. Trent Reznor claimed to have listened to it every day during the making of Pretty Hate Machine and Stephin Merritt from The Magnetic Fields also became a Numan fan through the album.[3] Merritt recorded "I Die: You Die" as his contribution to the Random tribute album in 1997, which also included covers of "I'm an Agent", "Remember I Was Vapour" and "We Are Glass". However the earliest cover of a song from this album was in the very year of its release when Robert Palmer collaborated with Numan on a version of "I Dream of Wires" for the Clues LP.

In an unfortunate coincidence, Telekon was also released shortly before Post Office Telecommunications changed its name to British Telecom.

In December 2006, Numan undertook a Telekon "Classic Album" tour, comprising four concerts in the UK in which he played all the songs from the Telekon album (as well as its associated singles and B-sides). On the 2CD EKO: The Telekon 06 Audio Programme (sold at the 2006 Telekon gigs and from Numan's website), Numan discusses (with interviewer Steve Malins) the making of Telekon, revealing that it is his favourite of his "early albums."

Numan has also promised fans a DVD release of the Micromusic video.

Track listing

  1. "This Wreckage"
  2. "The Aircrash Bureau"
  3. "Telekon"
  4. "Remind Me to Smile"
  5. "Sleep by Windows"
  6. "We Are Glass"*
  7. "I'm an Agent"
  8. "I Dream of Wires"
  9. "Remember I Was Vapour"
  10. "Please Push No More"
  11. "The Joy Circuit"
  12. ""*
  13. "A Game Called 'Echo'"*
  14. "Photograph"*
  15. "Down in the Park" (Piano Version)*
  16. "Trois Gymnopédies (1st Movement)"*
  • CD bonus tracks marked with asterisk.
  • All songs written by Gary Numan except "Trois Gymnopédies" (Satie)

Musicians

Notes

1. ^ Gary Numan (1981). Living Ornaments '79/'80: LP liner notes
2. ^ Stephen Webbon & Gary Numan (1985). "Complete Gary Numan UK Discography". Record Collector (December 1985, No. 76): p.15
3. ^ Steve Malins (2002). Exposure: The Best of Gary Numan: CD liner notes

References

  • Paul Goodwin (2004). Electric Pioneer: An Armchair Guide To Gary Numan
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Released May 1980
Format 7" single
Recorded Rock City Studios, London 1980
Genre New Wave, Synth rock
Length 4:46
Label Beggars Banquet
BEG 35
Producer(s) Gary Numan
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